The National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib who visited the northern province of Baghlan on Monday said the Taliban is still dreaming the return of an Islamic emirate, therefore, the hardline group is not prepared to engage in direct talks with the Afghan government.
Mohib stated that the preliminary steps for peace have been taken and that soon an inclusive peace delegation will be formed to talk to the Taliban.
Protection of the gains will make the main agenda of the talks, he said.
“It is a time-consuming process. We are in the preliminary stage of this process. As you know the Taliban are not prepared to enter into direct talks with the Afghan government and the representatives of the people of Afghanistan. They still claim the emirate and still insist that we are not going to talk directly with the [Afghan] government,” Mohib said.
Baghlan governor Farid Basim said the Taliban failed to achieve their military objectives in terms of capturing several districts and expanding threats in provincial capital Pul-e-Khumri, however, the threats still exist.
“The enemy had the plan to capture at least two districts but failed to achieve its goal. They wanted to capture Tala Wa Barfak and Baghlan-e-Markazi [districts], but they were failed in both directions,” Basim said.
Baghlan is one of the restive regions in northern Afghanistan where residents have persistently criticized the government for not taking action against the threats posed by militants.